Massage and acupressure of the feet, in order to help the body to heal itself, has been practised by many cultures for thousands of years. The oldest evidence of treatment of the feet dates back to around 2330 BC with a series of pictures, found in the Egyptian tomb of the physician Ankhmahor, depicting people treating the feet and the hands.
Reflexology works on the principle that specific points and zones on the feet and hands (known as reflex areas) correspond to all the organs, glands, systems and structures within the body. Energy, or vital life force, runs through each of the zones; when the energy flow is blocked or congested, problems such as a malfunction or even disease can occur.
Skilled application of pressure to these reflex points and zones can be used to detect and treat imbalances in the body in order to restore harmony and well-being. The reflexologist uses their hands to locate any sensitive or congested areas in the reflexes, which indicates that there is a problem in the corresponding part of the body. The reflex will then be worked accordingly.
Reflexology can be used not only as a treatment for ailments and health disorders but also as a preventive measure by maintaining an optimal state of health.
A thorough reflexology treatment takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour. Some disorders can be alleviated with just one treatment but more chronic conditions may need a course of either weekly or fortnightly treatments, in order to allow the body time to heal itself. Some people choose to have regular monthly treatments to maintain well-being and re-charge their batteries.
Please note that reflexologists do not diagnose a medical condition (unless they are medically trained) but any problem areas that show up during a treatment can be pointed out so that you can discuss with your GP if necessary.
reflexology in pregnancy
During pregnancy, the body undergoes many changes. Reflexology can help to alleviate some of the more uncomfortable side effects such as constipation, nausea, water retention, leg cramps, backache, anxiety and stress. Having regular treatments can promote a healthier outcome for both mother and baby, shorten the length of labour and in some instances can result in a drug-free birth.
Reflexology can also be used to assist conception by clearing any blockages which may be creating fertility problems.
Reflexology in pregnancy is perfectly safe and extremely beneficial but is only advised after the first trimester and with prior permission from your GP or midwife.
Induces deep relaxation
Stimulates the circulation
Soothes the nervous system
Boosts energy levels
Relieves headaches, stress and tension
Alleviates digestive disorders
Assists with fertility problems
Encourages the body to heal itself
Can shorten length of labour in childbirth